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Krokodil: Russia’s Deadliest Drug (NSFW)


[MUSIC PLAYING] MALE SPEAKER 1:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [SOVIET ANTHEM PLAYING] ALISON SEVERS: In 1979, the
Soviet army entered Afghanistan, engaging in a
brutal 10-year conflict which kick-started the Afghan
opium trade. It was sold all over the world
to help fund the fight against the Soviets, but the main
customers of the opium were the Russians themselves. After the fall of the Soviet
union in 1991, Russia’s heroin problem continued to grow. So much so, that in 2011, the
country has become the world’s biggest consumer of heroin. [MUSIC CONTINUES] ALISON SEVERS: With a southern
border more than 4,000 miles long, we’re talking about a
patrol area greater than the distance from New
York to London. It’s no wonder the drug trade
is out of control. We travelled to the small
Siberian city of Novokuznetsk, which lies just over the
Russian border with Kazakhstan, and is
on the front line of this heroin epidemic. Once a Siberian industrial
powerhouse, now this city has fallen into decline, with 20%
of its population allegedly addicted to heroin. We’d heard stories about
ex-addicts building coffins to bury their friends, and
religious cults disguised as rehab clinics. Worst of all though were rumors
of a new moonshine drug called krokodil that has some
terrifying consequences. Nowhere are Russia’s
drug problems more evident than here. We’ve come to an area where
there’s a lot of derelict building that are being squatted
by addicts as a place to use and to live. Everywhere I look around
me, there are syringes. There’s more syringes here
than I’ve ever seen in my entire life. MALE SPEAKER 2:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Why are
you hanging out here? MALE SPEAKER 2:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: This area is
called Zavodskoy and was once the purpose-built
housing estates of the Soviet workforce. Now, these imposing tower blocks
are just empty shells. These young men have been
living in this abandoned building for two months. MALE SPEAKER 3:
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[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] MALE INTERVIEWER: When was the
last time you went to see a doctor or a hospital? MALE SPEAKER 3:
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[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [MUSIC PLAYING] ALISON SEVERS: Sasha Pelikhov
works for an organization called Regenerate Russia,
which helps rehabilitate heroin addicts in
Novokuznetsk. Sasha explained to us that there
might be more to the drug trade than just
making money. SASHA PELIKHOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: There’s a widely
held belief that a phenomenon called
narcoterrorism fuels the drug trade. It’s said that Afghan terror
groups help expediate the supply of heroin to Russia in
order to both profit from their former invaders and also
weaken the population by poisoning them with heroin. This is what’s known as
the Golden Crescent. It’s the route that heroin
takes from northern Afghanistan, throughout Central
Asia, and into Russia. Sasha told us that the center of
the local trade was at the food markets just outside
the city center. It’s where trucks from
Kazakhstan are offloaded with heroin for distribution
around Novokuznetsk and the wider areas. We were told to approach this
place with extreme caution, and not to get out of the car. As we drove slowly through the
market, we noticed gangs of men doing business next
to their trucks. Many of them bore Kazakhstan
license plates. It didn’t take long
to get us noticed. All of a sudden, someone spotted
our cameras, and people started beeping their
horns and yelling. MALE SPEAKER 7: Why are
people beeping? MALE SPEAKER 7: Yeah,
everyone’s checking us out now. MALE SPEAKER 8: Yeah, let’s
just get the fuck out. MALE SPEAKER 7: Let’s get
the fuck out of there. Let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s go. ALISON SEVERS: There’s two
pretty snazzy cars behind us. Those are the first snazzy
cars I’ve seen since we’ve been here. Probably going to follow
us and kill us now. The vans have got along the
right-hand side of the number plate, had KZ, which means,
obviously, the cars have been trucked in from Kazakhstan. MALE SPEAKER 9: It doesn’t
mean Kool Zines? ALISON SEVERS: No. It doesn’t mean kool zines. It means fucking naughty
heroin trafficker from Kazakhstan. That’s what it fucking means. Well, there’s still a car
that looks the same. Or maybe all the cars
just look the same. OK. We lost the cars and headed back
to meet Sasha somewhere safe, or so we thought. MALE SPEAKER 10:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: It kind of just
feels like walking into a forest in the middle of Siberia,
plus a lot of very angry dogs. That one actually did that
whole, like, err, I’m going to fucking kill you thing. After about five minutes of
walking through Vorstadt, we met this guy. Sasha told us he was salvaging
scrap metal, which is the most common way for heroin users
to fund their addiction. MALE SPEAKER 11:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [MUSIC PLAYING] MALE SPEAKER 11:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [DOG GROWLING AND BARKING] MALE SPEAKER 9: What is it? ALISON SEVERS: Because I can’t
see where the syringes are. They’re fucking everywhere. Opposite the rehabilitation
center, there’s just a deserted building where there’s
syringes all over the floor, and, like, empty
bottles of this stuff. ALISON SEVERS: What’s this? Sasha. MALE SPEAKER 12:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SASHA PELIKHOV: What
is in Tropikamid? [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Sasha explained
that the eyedrops were one of the main ingredients of a new
drug called krokodil, a kind of moonshine heroin. Krokodil is so called because it
turns the user’s skin scaly and eats them from
the inside out. SASHA PELIKHOV:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: That woman walked
past us earlier when we were on our way out
to the brothel. And Sasha told me the she’s on
the road, which mean she’s a working prostitute. She’s just walked past now. She’s met up with a guy, and
she’s going to go have sex with him down there. Brilliant. That’s completely depressing. Fucking hell. With high volumes of drug
addicts comes high volumes of prostitution. And Novokuznetsk is
no exception. What was worrying here was
how young the girls were. So over there, I can
see two girls. One of them looks about 14, and
they’ve been talking to a succession of men who are
stopping in cars at the side of the street. And in fact there’s so much
going on here with crime and drug use, you’d expect to see
police cars and ambulances, but I haven’t seen
any of them. [MUSIC PLAYING] NATASHA: [SINGING IN RUSSIAN] [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: The Russian
government offers very little support for addicts. There are no local state-funded
rehab centers, and so the void has been
filled by private organizations. They range from centers like
this one, where the addicts provide volunteer work to pay
for their treatment, to evangelical churches that
have been accused of running like cults. OLEYSA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: I heard
a lot of people died. OLEYSA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] NATASHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Oh. NATASHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] NATASHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [CHOIR SINGING] ALISON SEVERS: After we left
the girls, we went to visit the priest of the main
orthodox church in Novokuznetsk. I had to wear a head scarf
in order to be able to talk to him. Spasibo. MINISTER VASILY:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: So this is the
bit that we bought in the shop in your church. And it says, Christian sects,
how they’re servants of the anti-Christ. Is this relevant in this city? MINISTER VASILY:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] YEVGENY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: This
is Yevgeny. By day, he’s a funeral director,
and by night, he run the Novokuznetsk branch of Teen
Challenge, which is an American Christian charity that
now has missionaries and centers in over 70 countries
around the world, and it’s growing rapidly. He told us to come along to
meet his congregation in a remote part of the city which
was an hour drive up a very steep hill. And when we arrived,
we found this. [RUSSIAN ROCK MUSIC PLAYING] ALISON SEVERS: This is the
sleeping room for the brotherhood here at Teen
Challenge, which is Yevgeny’s church group [SINGING IN RUSSIAN[ ALISON SEVERS: This is a
rehabilitation center for people involved in Teen
Challenge, which is an American church that’s
come to Russia. And now Yevgeny practices
their doctrine. I think that Teen Challenge
is a cult, to be honest. MALE SPEAKER 13: Today, I
live here six months. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ help me. [SINGING CONTINUES] MINISTER VASILY:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [SINGING CONTINUES] [APPLAUSE] WORSHIP LEADER:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: This is Sergey. We met him begging outside on
the street, and he said most of the people he knew
have been affected by heroin and krokodil. SERGEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SEREZHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Later that night,
Sergey took us on a tour of local pharmacies to show
us how easy it is to pick up the ingredients
for krokodil. So these are 24-hour pharmacies that we’re going to. You can do this any
time of the day. SERGEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Sergey said he
knew someone who could cook the krokodil for us. He promised to meet us again. That was the last
time we saw him. ALEXEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Alexey is the
pastor of an independent church that reforms heroin
and krokodil addicts. ALEXEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: Alexey took us
to meet his friend, whose family has been destroyed
by krokodil. With a drug that can kill it
users so quickly, it’s very rare to meet survivors. LYUDMILA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] MISHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: And you
been taking krokodil? SERGEY: We have, yeah. MISHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: When did
you start taking it? MISHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEY: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] MISHA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] LYUDMILA: [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] ALISON SEVERS: I felt quite
helpless leaving Lyudmila’s house, but nowhere near as
helpless as she must feel. Her health, home, and family
life have been totally destroyed by krokodil, a drug
you can just work out how to make with the help of
internet forums. President Medvedev has talked
about closing down the websites that are providing
this information, but the internet seems harder to
police than the border. I can’t see any way out for
these people if they’re relying on that. Drug users are developing new,
terrifying ways of consuming opiates faster than the
government can decide on any form of policy. The church and the sects aren’t
the answer, but sadly, they seem to be the best hope
these young people have in a city that really does feel
like it’s been forgotten.

Stephen Childs

100 Comments

  1. Isn't Teen Challenge just like… a Christian youth group? They came to my (Catholic) high school back when and I remember it being garden variety advocacy/Jesus stuff

  2. Siberia looks a lot like San Francisco or Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Socialism at it's finest.

  3. I believe that guy 100% to get all that money down there they don't got nothing to do except Star Wars or being Wars and shoot guns try and kill other people that don't look like them now they're trying to take over Russia Russia is too stupid to see it and Putin's in on getting the money

  4. Solutions to these problems could maybe be reached by implementing the following policies:
    1: Legalise certain well-tested "safe" drugs for "recreational use" in order to reduce drug-induced harm.
    2: Prescribe adicts with free drugs distributed from health/social care facilities. This will dislodge addicts from their pushers and allow the authorities to monitor and control "the addict community."
    3: The police must concentrate their efforts on ringleaders, traffickers and dealers, instead of prosecuting the addicts.
    4: Most addicts will want to go into rehab given the chance. These patients must be relocated and resettled, never to return to their former drug abusing community in order to prevent recidivism.

    I think these steps, especially step #4, are essential to combatting drug abuse.

  5. Where is Putin in this ? What is the situation now ? I heard that is intentional and that is terrorism before this video. Young, beautiful and capable people get attacked in their own country and Putin does nothing ? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  6. Guy: MOOOOOMMM i don't look so well or good at all
    Mom: what is it
    Guy: proceed to showoff this
    horrendous godawful body
    Mom: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    OhMyGod
    calls 9-1-1.

  7. I find Alison too opinionated to be investigating and presenting such a serious and sad subject.

  8. What kind of "untermench" give a thumbs-down to such a wonderful and informative video as this? : Diagnosis – Brain Transplant Required!

  9. NSFW Not Safe For Work? You ain't getting paid to dick around. You are getting paid to work. So work.

  10. Apparently it was phosphorous poisoning causing people to rot when injecting krokodil…it wasn’t being processed right and people were fucked as a result

  11. The variety of opium poppy grown in Afghanistan has been developed in USSR in 1962.
    USSR brought heroin to Afghanistan and now heroin hitting back.

  12. i wonder why she said she thought the teenage refuge place was a cult it seemed like one of the few organizations trying to clean up the terrible epidemic occurring in that town

  13. Wow! I had no idea how far TEEN CHALLENGE had reached out!👍 I'm still interested in finding volunteering opportunities! 💚

  14. Krokodil is just an opioid contaminated with precursors stimulated by the war on drugs you sensational fucks.

  15. I’m Russian (but Living in Denmark). I’m grateful for my safe upbringing and environment, and it always saddens me to see how much my birth country descents…. I feel bad for my family members, whom I love dearly, because they live in Russia while I’m safe, sound and secure (ps.I don’t support the Russian system or believe in the ussr communism.)

  16. Heroin is not what causes heroin addiction lack of a fulfilling life and lack of human connection is the root of addiction. I believe we should adopt the swiss model where addicts are provided with legal but regulated heroin and medical attention as well as help finding a job. This is the solution to the failed drug war. As their life gets better they quit using heroin.
    As your life gets beter you no longer wish to anesthetize yourself and you want to be present in your own life.

  17. 23:58 those boys are lying about using drugs like this 1. If you watch when 1 of the boys 1st walks into the living-room he is walking but then throws himself to the left as if he fell but he did not an was put on for camera. The boys say they are disabled and cannot talk? I see no needle marks or evidence of drug use like Krokodil. Anyone thinking of using this stuff please think again bc these 2 boys are not using it. It rots your skin.

  18. Last week, in my small town of Douglas AZ died of this krokodil. I saw this episode in 2013.

  19. This stuff was in S. Florida USA 2 years ago. They only came out of the woods at night looking much worSe than these people. Half there heads would hAve rotted off. Horrific!

  20. Please vice, stop blaming the internet for so many subjects you cover… The internet is an amazing thing. But, like ALL things it can be used wrongly and immorally. Quotes like that is what will destroy the free information network. Fucking stop blaming the internet. It's the people, not the service… Not to mention your company will fail without freedon of information internet

  21. You know dat Crocodile guy from The Suicide Squid that we all know and love? He did tons o Krokodil.

  22. I'm from Afghanistan and I feel so sorry for these young people and their family…here in Afghanistan we faced with same problem every place that Britain are securing(Helmand and….) are the womb of drugs and opium and when Afghan government asked them to leave it to them then it's became unsecured!

  23. NARCO-Terrorism is a real thing lady. It's not just a "theory." It's been happening for centuries.
    For the people who want to really want to educate yourself on stuff like this, read the book;
    "The Politics Of Heroin: CIA Complicity In The Global Drug Trade"
    The show "NARCOS" on Netflix got me neck deep into this kind of stuff. I can't get enough! Fascinating shit.

  24. You know krokodil is serious shit when a russian heroin addict says krokodil it's terryifying. 😐😐😐💀💀

  25. Вот этот момент про церковь просто убил да бл8 поменяйте один наркотик на другой it s very cool MF

  26. So either heroin or the lie that is religion.. that's actually and honestly a hard choice.. but I'd go for heroin every time..why can't these religions vultures leave addicts alone.. ?? All religion is cult! The only way religion stays alive is brainwashing kids and preying on the weak

  27. I swear the last Russian video on this channel was about a deadly drug called flakka

  28. this place is full of cock roaches and bed bugs… so what are you doing here?? I live here 🙂

  29. Fuk me ya talk about dedication crnt get propa drugs just make ya own y not😱😱

  30. It's funny that Alison (the host) is demonizing drugs when she allegedly used to be a drug addict herself.

  31. Imagine if anime didn’t exist in Japan , Japan would probably faces the same shit too

  32. After a bad day I always come to this video to perk me up a little bit..!!!

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